Teen dies after being hit by car in Orem

Oct 17, 2023, 8:49 AM | Updated: Oct 18, 2023, 6:17 am

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OREM — A 17-year-old girl who was hit by a vehicle Monday night has died, according to police.

The Orem Police Department said first responders were called out to the area of 400 S. Vineyard Road before 6:45 p.m. Monday. Emergency crews arrived and began lifesaving efforts, but the girl ultimately died from her injuries.

“This is not the first time this has happened, and I’m sure it’s not gonna be the last,” said Daxton Court.

Court lives in the area and said the street is more designed for cars, and pedestrian safety is a concern.

“Especially in an area where there are so many kids, I think a lot of people are thinking like, what if that’s my kid. I mean, when I was driving back, I saw that, and I immediately thought, ‘Is that my family?’ So it’s horrible and I think it hits everybody here,” Court said.

He said he would like to see more of the crosswalks with flashing lights to help with pedestrian safety.

Police say the driver of the vehicle stayed on scene and was cooperating with the department’s Major Accident Investigation Team as it investigates the crash.

Police have not released the victim’s name but social media posts, including one from Vineyard City Councilwoman Amber Rasmussen, said Siena Schoenrock, a senior at Provo High School, was the victim in the incident.

“There is nothing I can do to repair the devastating loss this family and our community are experiencing. We can, however, come together to support the family and friends of Siena Schoenrock, so please offer what you can, whether they be words of kindness or financial support,” Rasmussen posted on Facebook, also linking to a GoFundMe* page for Siena.

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Teen dies after being hit by car in Orem